This is my Harz Route Guide: a 5-days travel guide through German woods and mountains with lots of sightseeing. Day No. 5 was about ziplining over the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge – the Titan RT, and visiting the Castle Wernigerode.
Getting to the Titan RT
When I planned my trip to the Harz I stumbled across this bridge – the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge. I saw the photos and I knew „I have to go there!“ If your base is Bad Harzburg though you actually have to travel through half of the Harz woods to get there, BUT I can promise you that it’ll be totally worth it. And it’s not too complicated getting there. The address of the Titan RT is:
38889 Stadt Oberharz am Brocken
If you want to get there during the day you just take the bus line 270 to Wernigerode and from there you take the bus line 260 to Rappbodetalsperre. I recommend you though to get to the bridge at sunrise time. Otherwise it’ll be totally crowded with tourists. Choosing the sunrise version you take a train to Ilsenburg. Then you need to get a train from Ilsenburg to Wernigerode. The trains drive every hour. At the central station of Wernigerode you take the bus line 260 to Rappbodetalsperre. It took me about 1 ½ hours to travel from Bad Harzburg to the Titan RT.
The Titan RT – the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge
When you get to the Rappbodetal and you spot the Titan RT with its incredible 458,5 meters / 0,28 miles in its length over the Bode reservoir it’ll leave you breathless. The bridge was completed in 2017. The catwalk is 120 cm / 47 inches wide. You can cross this bridge without any additional safety equipment. It just takes good shoes and a bit of courage.
As I got there very early I was the only tourist at 8:30am crossing the Titan RT. It’s open from 8am – 10pm. To walk over that bridge at sunrise being the only human around feels beyond words. It was definetely one of my favorite moments of my travels to the Harz.
While walking over the bridge it’s vibrating while you’re moving. It’s a suspension bridge after all. The beautiful scenery will give you an enormous boost of peace and harmony.
So, when you think walking over the Titan RT is as good as it gets, nope. Next to the bridge you’ll find a tower that promises you some Harzdrenaline. They offer megazipline. What’s ziplining? A zipline is a device that allows a person to slide down an inclined wire or rope.
In this case you book a ticket and an appointment in advance, get up that tower, put on the safety equipment and listen to the guides, feel your pulse getting faster and faster… and after you enjoyed the view of the Rappbodetalsperre you fly over the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge for 120 meters / 4,724 inches with a speed of 85 km/h. This is an experience you don’t want to miss out on. The view, the adrenaline, the speed. When you arrive on the other side a guide helps you with your safety equipment and takes care of your video (in case you booked one). There’s a bus waiting to drive you back to the tower.
So after your pulse is at a normal rate again you take the bus line 260 back to Wernigerode. I decided to stay for a bit in this cute little Harz town. The most famous sightseeing is their Castle Wernigerode / “Schloss Wernigerode”. It’s such a pretty castle with so many rooms and a spectacular view of Wernigerode.
The Castle Wernigerode was originally a medieval castle, which was the home of the German Emperors of the Middle Ages between their hunting trips in the Harz. It was built in the 12th century. You can visit 50 rooms in two towers. I really enjoyed my time there and fell even more in love with the Harz.
From the Castle Wernigerode to the city you can take a „Bummelbahn“. It’s fun and there’s an audio guide. So you’ll even learn some new things about Wernigerode while driving very slowly to the market place. The city has so many pretty buildings and in some of them you’ll even find some cute shops, where you can buy lots of souvenirs. When you’re finished shopping you take the bus line 270 back to Bad Harzburg.
My Budget Plan
Getting back home
The next day I enjoyed one last great breakfast of the Pension Trautheim and then I took the train back home. I paid 400,00 € for my 5-days trip to the Harz including transportation, accommodation, all entry tickets and bus tickets. You just have to add some food and drinks to that bill.
I hope my travel guide will be a bit of help and inspiration in case you decide to travel to the Harz. It’s without a doubt one of Germany’s most beautiful and magical places. It’s nature, history and adventure in one.
Stay tuned: My next destination will be Amsterdam in December…